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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, he writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.


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Arth’s Pantheon: An Overview

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One of the most frequent requests for Arth lore that I get is for more detail on the deities that govern it. There’s a lot to tell; Arth has a big pantheon, though most of them are only tangentially mentioned in The Dark Profit Saga. Still, if you know who to look for, you can see many of their names appearing throughout the story, as an active, raucous collection of gods and goddesses have shaped life on Arth for ages.

This is the beginning of a series on religion on Arth. Twice a month we’ll be looking at some aspect of Arth’s pantheon, the gods that rule it, and the history of the world. It’s sourced from the notes on the gods I made years back when I started writing Orconomics, updated to match the canon version published. If you’ve been wondering who Oppo is or how Fula’s Pot was named, this is the series for you.

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Review: The Fisherman

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Every fall, I get an urge to read a good horror story. Preferably nothing gory, but rife with horrific oddities and chill-inducing moments. I’ll award bonus points if it’s got Lovecraftian intrigue and bizarre pseudo-history. And at the heart of it all, I want a good story.

The Fisherman by John Langan checks all of the boxes, draws a few new boxes I didn’t realize belonged on the quiz, and checks them for good measure. It’s creepy. It’s chilling. And it’s fantastic, in every sense of the word.

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The Dark Profit saga is an economically epic trilogy set on Arth, a world that's fantastic and familiar all at once. On Arth, professional heroes kill monsters for valuable loot, but it’s powerful corporations that reap the rewards.

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